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Thread: Q-mark tv-out for the DS

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    Default Q-mark tv-out for the DS

    Just wondering,

    Does anyone here actually *have* the TV-out contraption for the DS that was sold back in 2006 by Taiwanese company Q-Mark?

    Here are two old articles on it:

    http://www.siliconera.com/2006/08/24...ds-on-your-tv/

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    http://www.qj.net/Play-the-DS-on-you...g/49/aid/63650

    If so, I'm curious on how well it works, does anyone actually use it often, and if so, for what purposes?

    Or is it more of a conversation piece/collection thing?

    Talkback on both of the above articles is almost completely negative (most people seem to feel that it defeats the purpose of a DS, and looks ugly), but I'm wondering if there are any other people besides my wife and I who would buy something like this anyway if another company made something similar.

    I was thinking that for a single player it would be absolutely useless, but if more than one person wanted to take turns playing a DS while other people watched, it could actually be really useful. This is the primary reason why my wife and I are interested in TV-out for a DS.

    I would love to buy this from someone, but I'm assuming if anyone has one, they wouldn't even consider selling it, so I'm not going to bother putting this in the buy/sell forum.

    I wonder how hard it would be to make a custom mod that did the same thing.

    A similar prototype was attempted by Lik-Sang to put the top part of the screen on a TV,

    http://gonintendo.com/?p=2285

    Also I think some people on youtube have gotten the top part on a TV using video cameras, but I would think that this would only be useful showing both screens.

    Along similar lines, Neal Tew made a “Jumbotron DS” using 2 Tablet PC screens, but I’m thinking more along the lines of one person plays on the DS while another person/people watch on a TV. Plus the thing cost him around $600 to make!
    http://home.comcast.net/~olimar/DS/jumbotron/

    But if someone has one of the actual Q-Marks, I'd love to hear about how well it works and pictures, screenshots, or a video would be fantastic!

    Also I'd love to hear from anyone else who thinks DS TV-Out is a good idea, as its not hard to find comments from people who think its a bad idea.

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    Have to say this is the first i've heard of any of these devices. Definitely cool, definitely impractical for most uses. would be good for reviewers looking for directly pulled screen shots, in that fashion its similar to the wide boy 64. Best advice for locating one would be to obsessively ebay for it until it pops up (sooner or later everything will pop up on ebay).
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    I think TV out from a DS is a great idea. When I was trying to decide whether I wanted a DS or a GP2X, it was really only the TV out on the GP that was attracting me.

    Ideally, you would need to be able to select between different view options like just the top screen, just the bottom screen, both screens scaled down and possibly even a mode to send the output from each screen through different cables to two separate TVs (!).


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    That JumbotronDS is awesome. I've never played Zelda DS and I want to play it on that. Hell, if Nintendo's next console was something along those lines, it'd be great.

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